One of my favourite art journaling methods is to use found text and make simple poems.
I first discovered found poems when I was teaching in the 1980’s, when hubby used them in his English classes. Redacted poems are not quite the same, but I use the same principles, they don’t rhyme and they don’t have to make sense. I have found when teaching art journaling they are a good tool to use if people struggle with using images.
I like messing around using different materials to redact the words ( if you want to see lots of examples on Instagram you need to search #blackoutpoems) I like crosshatching and using washi tape.
I think the cross hatching with mandala detracts a bit too much from the text – but it is fun doing it.
Yesterday Monika and I taught a class where we used text by Bene Brown and other ‘goodread’ quotes about vulnerability as the starting point.
I asked to photograph the work – but promised to just use fragments to illustrate the different techniques the participants used to make their poems. I love the variety of materials and the colours.
Yay, so glad to see this post at the top! I have done some found poetry, but only by either circling the words or cutting them out and placing them elsewhere. Thanks, tess for all these ideas!
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